Don’t get me wrong, I am not against re-creating pro wrestling storylines if executed correctly and done the right way. TNA Wrestling attempted to re-create 1996 all over again at the 2010 Bound for Glory pay-per view held at the Ocean Center in Daytona Florida with Hogan and Bischoff turning heel.
So why did this angle fail? There could be many reasons. The most likely is that BFG was held in the same venue as Bash at the Beach in 1996 – and with Hogan and Bischoff in the mix, a lot of people expected this angle to happen. In addition Jeff Hardy never really made a good believable heel. The fans want to cheer him more than they want to boo him. He is better as a babyface.
What I like about the storyline with CM Punk is that WWE creative has seem to found their niche in keeping us wrestling fans guessing what CM Punk is going to say and do next, and now with Nash, Triple H and Stephanie in the mix, it is that much more suspenseful. What makes this even better is the angle is taking place on live television, so the chances of internet spoilers are a lot less to happen.
In what I think was a desperation to get higher ratings for Monday Night Raw, WWE made an effort to re-birth DX (D-Generation X), which really didn’t grab the attention of the younger fans. The original adult oriented DX was edgy, dirty, came at a time when WCW was growing stale, and never had been done before. I was never a fan of the original DX, however, a PG version of DX just didn’t feel or seem the same to those who are old enough to remember the original group under the TV-14 format.
Jerome Wilen – Pro Wrestling Ringside (www.prowrestlingringside.blogspot.com)
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